Dennis “Denny” Hugh Griffis, age 73, of Roscommon, Michigan, passed away on May 11, 2020 at his

Florida residence.

Denny was born in 1947 in Edmore, Michigan, the son of Donna (Griffis) Slock.

Denny married LaVera Calhoun in August of 1970 in Greenville, Michigan and moved to Roscommon in 1972 where they have raised their family since.

Denny will be remembered for his love of sports, playing slow-pitch softball with his son Jon for 28 years and attending his kids and grandkids sporting events – he was their biggest fan!  He was so proud of his John Deere B Tractor that his close friend Lee Kaufman and him restored.  His children always knew that they could call him for anything – he was quite the handyman.

Denny started as a contractor with Henkels McCoy, which brought him and Vera to Roscommon.  In 1972, he was hired into General Telephone, retiring from Verizon (GTE) in 2001.  He will be missed by all of his Roscommon friends, coffee buddies, Nester’s friends, and Florida friends.

For the people who truly knew him, he will forever be remembered for washing his driveway and always having a smile on his face.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, both in Michigan and Florida.  Denny is survived by his wife Vera of almost 50 years;  Children Jon (Angie) Griffis of Roscommon, Marcie (Scott) Dankert of Roscommon, and Jessica Griffis of Grand Rapids;  Grandchildren Deni Jo Dankert, Zachery Dankert, Travis (Nicole) Dankert, Dakotah (Katelyn) Griffis, Lexus Dankert, and Sawyer Griffis; Great-Grandchildren Bentley Krause and Delilah Griffis (expected August 2020); Siblings Bob (Bev) Slock, Pam (Ken) Skiver, and Deb Tomes; Sister-in-law Sherry Hunsicker, brother-in-law Lynn (Sue) Calhoun, and sister-in-law Bev (Ray) Miller;  Many aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Denny is preceded in death by his grandparents Hugh and Gertrude Griffis, mother and stepfather Donna and Leo Slock, niece Lori Bannon, father-in-law and mother-in-law L.G. and Martha Calhoun, brothers-in-law Dennis London, Ron London and Jack Hunsicker.

We love you and we will miss you forever.

The family prefers Memorial Contributions to be made for the headstone.  Please make donations to Vera Griffis.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, Roscommon. 

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